In the grand auction a total of 422 players, including 58 overseas players, went under the hammer during the two-day of bidding battle where 87 players from the Future Heroes Kabaddi programme were also up for bidding. U Mumba didn’t retained any player and came with full purse to rebuild their team for the scratch and they didn’t held back and went on to spend the second most money in the auctions after Telugu Titans. On that note, here’s a look at the U Mumba team for PKL 2018.
The Mumbai based franchise didn’t retain the veteran Anup Kumar who was pivotal in their success in past seasons and also helped them lift the title in 2015. They opted for younger talents like Abhishek Singh in raiding department for a sum of 42.8 lakh. Abolfazl Maghsodlou and Rohit Baliyan will also be the raiders to look out for.
Their defense looks way too formidable with the likes of Fazel Atrachali who became the highest paid foreign player with a total sum of 1 crore rupees, accompanying him will be the experienced Cheralathan who went for a healthy sum of 46 lakh rupees.
They relied on some of the young all-rounders like Mohit Baliyan and Shiv Om.
U Mumba team for PKL 2018
Abhishek Singh – ₹42.8 lakh
Siddharth Sirish Desai – ₹36 lakh
Abolfazl Maghsodlou – ₹21.75 lakh
Vinodh Kumar – ₹22.5 lakh
Darshan Kadian – ₹12 lakh
Rohit Baliyan – ₹12 lakh
R Sriram – ₹12 lakh
Arjun Deshwal – ₹8 lakh
Gaurav Kumar [NYP] – ₹6.6 lakh
Fazel Atrachali – ₹100 lakh
Dharmaraj Cheralathan – ₹46 lakh
Rajguru – ₹12 lakh
Rohit Rana – ₹12 lakh
Hadi Tajik – ₹11 lakh
Surinder Singh [NYP] – ₹6.6 lakhAdinath Gavali – ₹8 lakh
E Subhash [NYP] – ₹6.6 lakh
Shiv Om [NYP] – ₹6.6 lakh
Ananth Kumar [NYP] – ₹6.6 lakh
Mohit Baliyan [NYP] – ₹6.6 lakh
U Mumba team owner: Unilazer Ventures Pvt. Ltd owned by Ronnie Screwvala
Coach of U Mumba: –
Home stadium: NSCI SVP Stadium, Mumbai
DS Verdict: They spent alot money on some of the experienced player that didn’t left much in their purse to provide the right balance to the team. They will be heavily dependent on the youngsters to deliver, which may turn out to be a blessing in disguise.